Here’s some advice for your first day back after a period of fantastic striking: 1) Read the Industrial Action FAQ [Click here] It has a lot of information in it, so please check it to see if it answers any questions you have. 2) Remember we are working to contract as part of Action Short Of Strike Please make sure you observe it. We know from previous phases of ASOS that members tend to find it a bit odd at first, working only their “nominal” contracted hours (7.5 per day) and actually taking breaks. We hear taking breaks, having a lunch hour, and not working until the small hours is good for you… 3) Report (only) the strike action you have taken so far Use the HR self-service system if you can. Members working off-campus will need to log onto the remote access desktop via Citrix to get the HR self-service to work. If you can’t get the HR self-service and/or Citrix to work, use the specific IndustrialAction@leeds.ac.uk email address if you can’t get it to work. HR have given a deadline of 2pm to do this, despite UCU’s formal notification of our serious concerns over the tight timescale that has been decreed. … continue reading
Here’s the strike news on 25th February – please read and share!
The first two days of the USS strike at Leeds have been magnificent. We’ve had more pickets than ever before, people picketing who’ve never taken strike action before, very senior colleagues out with us. We’ve given out thousands of leaflets, had good conversations with loads of students, and chatted with prospective students and parents coming to Visit Days and interviews. We marched down to town on Thursday lunchtime and had a great rally outside the Art Gallery. We were blown away by the speakers from Leeds students support UCU and delighted to hear stirring support from Jane Aitchison, Leeds Trades Union Council President. Then on Friday, Alex Sobel MP spoke at our rally on the Parkinson steps, followed by the first of the Striking Insights Teach Out sessions at the Quaker Centre. We had masses of media, both local and national, at Leeds. Special thanks to our branch President Vicky for doing such a good job of back to back interviews, and to everyone else who talked to the media on our behalf. In case you missed it, here’s some of the coverage which featured us at Leeds (obviously, there was also masses more nationally and regionally everywhere else): TV … continue reading
Although much normal teaching will be cancelled on the USS strike days, Leeds UCU are once again delighted to offer a range of brilliant educational opportunities, which will be critical, engaging, and FUN. Staff will be offering sessions on a very diverse set of topics, giving up their time for free whilst on strike because we really love teaching, We’re greatly looking forward to welcoming everyone – strikers, students, supporters and the general public. The full programme is here: https://tinyurl.com/y7hbouhd (keep checking back because details may change) The sessions will be held from 1-3 pm on each of the strike days except the first (22nd February) when we will be having a march and rally instead. The venue is the Quaker Meeting House on the edge of campus (188 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9DX) unless otherwise stated. The Meeting House offers disabled access.
Here are 5 empowering and useful things you can do to make the strike massive + effective: Sign up to picket! http://www.leedsucu.org.uk/campaigns/picket-duty-sign-up-form/ Joint staff/student banner + placard making! Monday 19 Feb, 4-7pm, venue TBA (we’ll email on Monday – the students are organising this one! ❤) Action Group: placard making, postering + general useful pre-strike prep! Tuesday 1-2.30pm, Baines G03 Talk to colleagues and students about why we’re striking + ask them to support us. Many resources are available via www.leedsucu.org.uk and www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss and check out our list on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/ucuatleeds/posts/1621709737916508 March for USS! Thursday 22 February: After picketing on day 1 of the strike, we’re going on a big friendly march from outside Parkinson down to the Leeds Art Gallery for a rally. All supporters welcome! Colleagues from campus Unison + Unite will join us, along with our UCU siblings from local branches! Details [here] and FB event [here] [Bonus points if you’ve already remembered to email the Vice Chancellor (copy us in!) and to email your MP about defending our livelihoods in retirement!] Reactions to management communications Many, many emails continue to land in our inbox from you, from members of other unions, and from students. They all have a common theme: how shocked people have been at the hard line and tone taken in the letters you have all received from senior management in the … continue reading